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McAllen Heritage Center is housed inside an old post office in downtown McAllen, now called La Placita. Established in 2008, it takes you through the history of the city. Apart from the memorabilia and photographs on display, this center also hosts a number of events and projects like the “Traveling Trunks” program for children, which educates the young minds about the origins and evolution of the city. Take a guided tour to be part of this journey.
Founded in 1911 and built by the U.S. Army soldiers from New York in 1913, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church sits prettily in downtown McAllen. Still an active parish, this yellow brick structure attracts a number of locals as well as tourists. The mammoth spire bearing a cross at a height of 60 feet (18 meters) is one of its prominent architectural features.
Quinta Mazatlan is a natural oasis in the heart of McAllen. This urban sanctuary is committed to educating visitors on the environment and its conservation. Explore the tropical gardens of this former mansion and admire plants and birds as well as its Spanish Revival style architecture. Join throngs of bird watchers and catch a glimpse of house sparrows and hummingbirds, among over 500 species. Take a walk through the pavilion and photograph rare butterflies in their fascinating glory. They also rents out the venue for various events such as corporate functions and private parties.
If you are someone who gets a thrill out of spooky stories and places, then this one will surely give you the chills. Nightmare on Broadway is definitely not for those who are faint-hearted as the 15 minutes tour of the haunt will surely spook you for a long time. Though there aren't any age limits, children under 13 have to be accompanied by a guardian or parent. If haunted places are an interest for you, then Nightmare is worth a visit.
The Arts District in McAllen is the creative pulse of the city. It is home to Archer Park, the Public Library, and myriad galleries and restaurants. The Nuevo Santander Gallery on North Main Street is a must visit for Mexican antiques and collectibles. The Art Village complex rents out studios to artists, and is a fascinating place for a glimpse into the local art scene. Take guided walks to galleries and also enjoy great food and wine this vibrant neighborhood has to offer.
Established in 1943, this refuge covers over 2,000 acres and is home to numerous birds, waterfowl, and animals that are native to the Valley. A visitor center is also on site and tram rides are available.
The McAllen Botanical Garden, also called the McAllen Nature Center, is a picturesque park in the heart of the city. At 59 acres (23 hectares), it is one of the largest of its kind and is rich in flora and fauna. This verdant space boast old trees and dense meadows that are home to numerous species of birds, butterflies and reptiles, including the endangered indigo snake and horned lizard. It offers plenty of opportunities for trails and hikes, and is also a good picnic spot for the family.
The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is one of the top museums in South Texas dedicated to these fields. It is Smithsonian affiliated and aims to educate and inspire Rio Grande Valley with its myriad events and programs. Engage your mind at their interactive playground while learning the energy resources and water cycle, or enjoy their innovative robot exhibition. Art enthusiasts can admire 16th-century European paintings, Japanese and Mexican folk art as well as some of Pablo Picasso’s work.
State Farm Arena, formerly Dodge Arena, is a significant venue that hosts some of the most popular events around town. Opened in 2003, the place has multiple spaces within for various events including an indoor football and ice hockey venue. Events here include sport tournaments, leagues, concerts, recreational programs, community events and so on. Some of the popular event are Disney events, Sesame Street shows, WWE shows, concerts by Shakira and so on. Check the website for further details.
You don't have to be a Catholic to appreciate this impressive shrine.
In the heart of Mission lies The Border Theater, that has been a hub of entertainment for citizens and visitors since its establishment in 1942. Even today, the facade and the internal architecture of the theater, featuring art pueblo styling, has almost remained unchanged. The theater boasts of two exquisite murals by Dallas artist E.Risser. This is one unique theater that goes beyond just showcasing movies. On Sundays, it is used as a worship center by the New Hope group and at times also plays host to various field trips. The Border Theater is also used as a stage for various enthralling performances.
Located on the banks of the Rio Grande river, Anzalduas State Park is a wonderful recreational spot for the young and the old. On weekends and vacation time, this park is filled with little kids playing around on the swings, slides and climbing frames. Anzalduas State Park also offers a favorable habitat for various species of birds, making it an ideal location for birding. Birdwatchers can keep an eye out for rare species that flock to this place at times.